The challenge in all these cases of secret conspiracy between business and corrupt government is not merely to prise the facts from some lost archive. This book highlights how society in general is susceptible to a form of collective amnesia, a wish not to confront the troubling details in its past. John Berger observed that “the role of capitalism is to destroy history… to orientate all effort and imagination to that which is about to occur”. Dan Gretton’s profound moral effort in this book is a massive bulwark against that possibility and a guarantee that the truth will be heard.
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator